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Dr. Crystal Hill appointed chief of staff at Pawnee Valley Campus
Crystal Hill, MD, Chief of Staff

A familiar face to many patients and their families in central Kansas is now the new chief of staff at The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus.

Crystal Hill, MD, who recently was appointed to the position, said “this is a great place to practice medicine. I am truly honored to represent and lead such a remarkable medical team.”

In the role of chief of staff, Dr. Hill leads the Medical Executive Committee; serves as a member of the hospital’s Board of Directors; serves as a liaison between the board and hospital administrator on medical matters; and oversees performance and quality related to medical care.

“As I serve in these capacities, we will continue to provide quality care to the community and promote the services we offer through primary-care and specialty providers,” Dr. Hill said. “I will listen to the needs of the community and respond accordingly.”

The family-medicine team provides a host of services including acute and swing-bed admissions, outpatient therapies and treatment, and clinic appointments. Specialty providers offer cardiology, general surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“The hospital and clinic are dedicated to providing family medicine and specialty care locally,” Dr. Hill noted. “With the support of our Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation, we invest in state-of-the-art equipment. All of us strive to secure the best patient outcomes and improve the overall health of our community.”

Dr. Hill has cared for and treated patients for more than five years in her family-medicine practice at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates. She is board certified in family medicine, with the added qualification of board certification in hospice care and palliative medicine.

Her special interests include preventive care and physician-assisted weight loss.

Dr. Hill earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology in 1997 at The University of Kansas and her medical degree in 2002 at The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her Via Christi family-practice residency at Wichita in 2005.

Honors over the years include the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Diabetes Provider; nomination for Kansas Family Physician of the Year; and AMA Physician Recognition Awards.

Melanie Urban, Pawnee Valley Campus administrator, said “we strive to have the best patient outcomes by delivering quality care. We focus on this with a team of trained medical staff, nurses and other professionals committed to putting patients first, while collaborating to offer high-quality care.

“It is critical to have the chief of staff and administrator working hand-in-hand to lead the team,” Urban continued. “This type of leadership is what it takes to provide exceptional healthcare and excellent service. I look forward to seeing the positive impact Dr. Hill’s leadership will bring to our community.”